The Purple Fest is the first of its kind in the state of Goa. It is an inclusive event that aims to showcase how we can come together to create a welcoming and inclusive world for everyone. The festival includes engaging panel discussions, artistic live performances, grand exhibitions, immersive experience zones, and more. Purple Fest 2023, Celebrating Diversity, India's first-of-its-kind inclusive festival, was held on January 6th to 8th, 2023, at the Entertainment Society of Goa in Panaji.
- The Opening Ceremony of the Purple Fest was held on January 6th, 2023, at Inox Courtyard in the presence of the Chief Minister of Goa, Dr Pramod Sawant, and Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar, who presided over the function along with Minister for Tourism, Rohan Khaunte, and several other dignitaries.
- CM Sawant spoke about the efforts made by the Goa government towards empowering the disabled community, including providing a high pension for the disabled and making Panaji city a disability-friendly city.
Purple Experience Zone
- The Purple Experience Zone was a major highlight of the festival. It had various cells for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) who have come together to empower people, not just those with disabilities.
- These included FunDook, Faiyda, Hemophilia Society Goa, Sethu, Social Welfare Cell, Health Cell, and more under Jagruti Mela. Various activities were organized to create a better understanding of concepts here.
- The Purple Kaleidoscope, The Art Gallery, was also a significant aspect of the festival. It was divided into three sections, featuring tactile art with QR codes for the visually impaired, products made by children with disability on display and sale, and an exhibition of products to help persons with vision disabilities become better at academics.
- There were live demonstrations of artificial limbs, wheelchairs, and other appliances that are useful to persons with disabilities.
- The Purple Bioscope featured a screening of the movie '86' with sign language interpreters interpreting the entire movie for the deaf and hearing impaired attendees. The festival aimed to create a more inclusive and accessible environment for all attendees.
Day 1 Activities
- On the first day of the fest, various activities were organized for the attendees. A bird walk was held at the Carambolim lake, where 69 delegates, including 32 visually impaired, 15 partially blind, and 22 with hearing disabilities participated in spotting various species of birds.
- A concert by musicians with visual and cognitive challenges from 'We Are One Charitable trust' and Shankar Mahadevan's 'Joyful Choir' was held at the ESG courtyard.
- The 'We Care Film Festival' also began on Day 1, with movies such as 'Feet in the Sand', 'Impossible', 'National Anthem in Sign Language', 'Tiny Steps', and more being screened. Other activities on Day 1 included a Deaf-Blind Convention, Access India Convention, Fun at Beach, and Cruise Ride.
The Purple Fest served as an important platform to promote inclusivity and accessibility for the disabled community. It aimed to create awareness and sensitivity towards the needs of the disabled and to empower them through various activities and exhibitions. The festival was a success in bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate diversity and inclusivity.
Written by IAS POINT